The WA Liberal Party’s vague new anti-protest laws are a legal over-reach which reverse the ‘onus of proof’ and damage the credibility of the entire legal system.
Having lost several pet projects to public opposition, Barnett has moved from ignoring and ridiculing activist to trying outlaw us.
The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill means any person suspected of preparing to use a ‘thing’ to obstruct a ‘legal activity’, could be locked up for 24 months and face huge fines.
Additionally, people charged under these laws will be forced to pay costs associated with their arrest; violent criminals aren’t even forced to pay that.
But these laws will not stop activists from putting our bodies on the line in defence of what we believe in. We know this means we are having an impact, our strategy and tactics are working. We will continue.
Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.
The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.
The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.
If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.
Their recent ‘Presidential Election‘ failed to get 50% of eligible voters even turn out, a major failure for any democratic system. Despite non-voters being threatened with large fines. Despite voting being open for a full 3 days.
I was on the train on the way home from work today when a group of 4 teenage girls got on the train, sat around me and started talking to each other. It was a little annoying to be talked around, but I wasn’t overly phased. In fact their conversations were, as teenagers conversations often are, quite amusing.
As we went past Seaforth station they began talking about a ‘protest’ at Kelmscott Senior High School today. That piqued my interest. I completed years 8, 9 and 10 at KSHS before moving on to graduate at Sevenoaks Senior College.
My mum and aunties went to that school and so did my little sister and cousins. It’s kind of our ‘stomping ground’. This was the first time I’d ever heard of any sizeable ‘protest’ at the high school.
They spoke about how more than 30 students had died their hair bright colours in protest of new school ‘uniform’ rules banning bright coloured hair. These four were all TAFE students, so they hadn’t been there, but their friends had. They received picture messages as proof before getting off the train.